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  1. Majestic Falcon ready to soar back into action

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Majestic Falcon won one of the slowest all-weather track trials of the season at Sha Tin yesterday, but the five-year-old achieved the primary objective in making a successful return from injury. When winning the first leg of the Group Three Hong Kong Macau Trophy in March, Majestic Falcon was on one rein as he crossed the line, and post race ...

  2. Approve shows passion this time

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Blue-chip two-year-old Approve put an abysmal first-up trial behind him with a more sound effort on the dirt yesterday, beating a couple more high-priced youngsters who were also out to make amends at Sha Tin. The John Moore-trained juvenile didn't do anything right when first revealed in an 800m turf jump-out three weeks ago. He was sluggish ...

  3. Purton, high on confidence, can mow down favourites

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Zac Purton will be still riding high after his Royal Ascot win during the week and today he can upset the favourites in the Jockey Challenge. The Australian's King's Stand Stakes victory on Little Bridge was a career highlight for Purton, who can create a personal best for wins in a season with a single success today. His 54th win ...

  4. As Simple as it gets for Whyte followers

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Douglas Whyte only has rides in seven of the 10 races, but two hot favourites should ensure he salutes at short odds in the Jockey Challenge. Whyte was $1.70 in early markets, about the same quote Why Not will go around in the Class Four fifth after two solid fourths. Military Attack is another Whyte ride, his last for the day, who will start ...

  5. Early followers find value in Prebble line-up

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Brett Prebble is all the rage in Jockey Challenge betting last night, punters swarming to back the Australian into $2.85 favourite after he opened at $3.20. Prebble has a eight-ride book led by impressive debut winner Dance For Gold and a tremendous each-way chance in the feature race aboard Thumbs Up. Dance for Gold scored from ...

  6. Touch Well ready for first-up assault

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Penglai Xianzi produced his usual forward trial effort at Sha Tin yesterday, but tucked in behind him and closing off nicely was Touch Well, who should be ready to fire first up. It was no surprise to see the 106-rated Penglai Xianzi (Matthew Chadwick) cross the line first as he regularly flies through his all-weather track tasks, but gaining good ...

  7. Unwanted Street Cat roars for reluctant Yeung

    Posted Jun 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Blow-out winner Street Cat's record was so abysmal and his vet report so long that he wasn't just unwanted by punters, Gary Ng Ting-kung had even struggled to find a willing rider for his hopelessly out-of-form galloper during the week. Keith Yeung Ming-lun eventually relented and then brought up a double on the injury-plagued seven-year-old, ...

  8. Cartoon Fay Fay shows improvement

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com A Tony Millard quinella in an all-weather track trial yesterday revealed a likely improver and confirmed a progressive type's promise. Cartoon Fay Fay won the 1,050m dirt jump-out, finishing a neck in front of in-form stablemate Well Done. After a polytrack win and Group Three placing in Ireland, Cartoon Fay Fay was thrown into the deep end ...

  9. Regiment's not a one-trick pony, insists Doleuze

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Olivier Doleuze warned against pigeon-holing Eagle Regiment as a straight-course specialist after the exciting sprinter's tough win in the Chevalier Lifts and Escalators Handicap (1,000m). The Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained four-year-old has built an impressive record of five wins from nine starts, but put in a career-worst effort at his only ...

  10. Gibson spins Great Stories

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Richard Gibson has already exceeded his own expectations in his rookie season and his import Great Stories similarly out-did himself in his local debut, overcoming a host of idiosyncrasies in an impressive display. Gibson said he just wanted to scrape by the minimum performance criteria of 13 wins in his first term, but he has rocketed past ...




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